Daiwa Capital Markets appoints Keith Meekins as CEO, Europe & the Middle East

5 July 2011

Daiwa Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of leading Japanese brokerage Daiwa Securities Group, today announced the appointment of Keith Meekins as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its subsidiary firm Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited (Daiwa Europe).

Meekins, who was previously Head of Fixed Income and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, is the first sole locally appointed CEO of Daiwa Europe. He will lead the investment bank’s strategy across Europe and the Middle East reporting to Masami Tada, previously CEO and Chairman. Mr Tada will remain Chairman of Daiwa Europe.

Meekins has significant senior experience within Japanese firms, both at Daiwa and Nomura, and his local expertise will enable him to successfully fulfil his clear remit of leading the European arm of Daiwa’s global business.

Mr Tada, Chairman of Daiwa Europe, comments: “As Daiwa looks to compete as an investment bank on the global stage, centred on providing clients with access to Asia, it is vital that we empower our local experts. It is, in fact, strategically imperative that we seek to reduce our reliance on domestic Japanese business with Daiwa now concentrating on originating business globally. Keith’s appointment should be viewed in this wider context and I wish him every success in his new role.”

In a career spanning 30 years Meekins has held a number of senior positions for Daiwa Europe, Nomura and Commerzbank. Starting his career with Swiss Bank in 1981 he moved to Nomura in 1987 where he headed Government Bond Trading, a role he also held at Commerzbank from 2000 to 2003. Following this Meekins joined Daiwa Europe, initially as Head of Government Bond Trading & Repo before being promoted to Head of the Fixed Income Division in 2008.

“Daiwa Europe has an extremely important role to play in the globalisation of Daiwa’s business,” Meekins says. “Our local experts already make us a highly effective and respected competitor across product lines. We provide a wide range of clients with first-class local knowledge and contacts across the region, with an emphasis on providing access to Asian markets. It is important that we now capitalise on this expertise and I look forward to playing my part in Daiwa Europe’s future success.”

Replacing Meekins as Head of Fixed Income is Christopher Brown, currently Deputy Head of the firm’s Fixed Income Division. Brown has been with Daiwa for the past ten years working in both London and Singapore where he successfully oversaw the growth of Daiwa’s Asian Fixed Income franchise across product lines. His previous experience includes senior positions at Paine Webber, NatWest Capital Markets and Sakura Finance.

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Note to editors:

Daiwa Capital Markets (www.daiwacm.com/uk) is the wholly-owned investment banking arm of Daiwa Securities Group. The award winning firm provides integrated financial services including brokerage, capital raising, IPOs, M&A and other creative financial solutions to clients through a network of more than 20 offices across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America. Corporate finance and M&A advisory services are provided in Europe through DC Advisory (www.dcadvisory.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited.

 

Daiwa Securities Group (www.daiwa-grp.jp/english) is one of the largest brokerage and banking groups in Japan and employs approximately 14,000 professionals worldwide providing comprehensive financial services, including retail brokerage, investment banking and asset management. Daiwa Securities Group has been in continuous operation in the financial services industry since 1902.

 

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Paul Lyon, Head of Communication & Marketing
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
5 King William Street, London, EC4N 7AX

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MediaRelations@uk.daiwacm.com

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